The collection consists of three scrapbooks; one of photographs is mostly of Bertram on the stage, and two, primarily clippings of reviews, document the acting careers of Bert Bertram and his wife Rubee Raymond. The material in the scrapbooks covers Australian vaudeville, the Bert Bertram Players, productions at the Royal Poinciana Playhouse and elsewhere, dance instruction in Georgia, and the Bertrams' travels to France and Australia. It is not chronological. A few letters, programs and brochures are also included.
Content: Actor, writer, director, vaudevillian, and broadcaster, Bert Bertram began acting as a teenager in his native Australia. Originally known as Arthur Bertram, he played many roles in vaudeville for the Australian impresario Bert Bailey. Bertram married actress and dancer Rubee Raymond (later known as Raymon) and the two often performed together. They emigrated to the United States in 1923 and toured in their song and dance act. During the Depression Bertram produced and acted in the Bert Bertram Players, a stock company that performed under a tent in Augusta, Georgia, created and directed a radio acting company, Theater of the Air, and was a dancing instructor. During World War II he produced, directed andplayed a leading role in Civilians in Action, a radio playin Augusta, and managed and played in USO companies in Europe
Biographical/historical: Bertram often appeared as a character actor on stage, film and television, playing beside Tallulah Bankhead, Judith Anderson, Billie Burke, Charlton Heston, Audrey Hepburn, and others. He also acted, directed and taught at the Royal Poinciana Playhouse, Palm Beach, Florida, and in his later years worked as a reporter on Long Island, New York